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crackdown. the government heads airlines with new rules designed to cut down on air travel horror stoersz. >> people are fed up with the way they've been treated. the best boosters temperature new safety ratings are out that also find some booster seats don't do now protect the children who use them. and hidden costs, the pork and the perks wear buried in the senate's health care reform plan. >> that whee this legislation is all about, it's the art of compromise. this is the abc "morning news" for tuesday, december this is the abc "morning news" for tuesday, december 22nd, 2009. captioning funded by cbs good morning and thanks for joining us, i'm michelle gielan.
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it won't happen in time for christmas, but it could be a happier new year for airline passengers with new government rules in place limiting how long people can sit on the tarmac. airline officials predict it will only make the problem worse, but promise to follow the new rules. squim axelrod has more. >> reporter: over the weekend nobody had it worse than the passengers of an air jamaica flight. it was set to depart at 7:00 a.m. saturday and finally pushed back at 8:35 before after getting stuck, freed and then stuck again, the plane returned to its gate at 3:00 p.m. to unload 148 passengers back to the terminal. that's eight hours. >> so it's 2:00, and we're still on the plane and we were supposed to leeft at 10:30. >> the air jamaica flight joins a lost list of horror stories like the jet blue passengers strand $11 hours three years ago. in the first six months of this year, 613 planes were delayed on tarmacs for more than three
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hours. but help is on the way. >> this really is for the passengers. people are fed up with the way they've been treated. >> reporter: transportation secretary ray lahood announced new rules for u.s. carriers. once the door closes, planes will have three hours to take off or must return to the gate so passengers can disembark. at two hour, the airlines must provide food and water and working bathrooms. >> it's good to be informed and good to know there's a time restrictions on it. >> reporter: failure to comply will cost the airlines plenty. fines up to 27 krk $500 per passenger. on a boeing 737 with 150 passengers, there's more than $4 million. >> there is going to be some teeth in these new rules and they'll make this them very hard for the airline not to abide by them by hitting them with big, big million dollar fines. >> reporter: those new rules go into effect in four months. they're no domestic flights only. for international trips, it would be up to the carrier to spell out in advance how long they'd sit on the tarmac before
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coming back to the gate. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. on capitol hill today, another test for senate democrats on their health care reform bill. after monday, 60-40 vote on-to-start the bill on the its way, a second vote requiring 60 senators to stay yes is scheduled for this morning. once again all 40 republicans plan to vote no. today's vote sets up one more vote tomorrow to set off debate before a final vote on christmas eve. this morning we have important new safety information on booster seats. they're designed for older children who are way too big for regular car seats but too many booster seats are not safe enough according to a new report. whit johnson is in washington with details. whit, good morning. >> reporter: hi, michelle. you know, more than 1,000 children under the age of 13 die in car crashes every year. this study on booster seats is just another tool parents can use to keep their family safe.
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it takes more than a click to make sure your child's booster seat keeps them safe. >> boosters that do a good job positioning the seat belt will better protect a child in a crash. >> reporter: the insurance institute for highway safety tested 60 models. only nine made the best bets list, among them the costco juvenile pronto, the backless with clip, and the vivo. >> it's a good job positioning the belts. you can see the lap belt is lying flat across the upper thighs. the shoulder belt is sitting snugly across the center of the shoulder. >> reporter: a good fit is key to a safe beast h. about booster seat because seatbelts are designed for adults. kids need an extra boost to make sure they're in the right place. they're for children who outgrow their car seats. kids 4 to 8 years of age are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash. >> the boosters that we put on are our not recommended list we
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believe won't provide a good fit for belts will in that any passenger vehicle. >> reporter: those included 11 like the even flow sight seer, the three in one also got a low rating because the lap belt was too high. the shoulder belt also didn't fit properly. >> parents don't have to spend a lot of money to get a booster that does a good job. >> reporter: several recommended models include affordable choices ranging from $20 to more than $250. but if your child's booster seat didn't get high mark, experts say that doesn't mean you have to throw it away. they insist any booster is better than none at all. the insurance institute for highway safety has a full list of the best and worst booster seats on their website. is it michelle? >> a lot of great information. all right. whit johnson in washington. thanks for that report. brazil's supreme court is finally expected to decide today if a new jersey man too should
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get his 9-year-old son back. david goldman has been fighting for five years since his ex-wife took their son, sean, to brazil. she died last year, but her second husband's family insists that sean does not want to live in the united states. even if goldman gets his wish, the case could be appealed again. in israel, still no final word on a prisoner swap that would free an israeli soldier in exchange for hundreds of palestinian prisoners. the sergeant was captured more than three years ago along israel's border with gaza. israel has blockaded that border ever since. this morning israel's government sent a formal response to hamas, which is demanding the prisoner swap. on the cbs "moneywatch," asian shares rebounded this morning and emily smits is here in new york with that and more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. a big day for most asian markets. the hang seng gained almost 1% while the nikkei was up nearly #%. on wall street monday, a handful of corporate buyouts put
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investors in a buying mood. the dow rallied 85 point and the nasdaq gained 26. today we'll be watching reports on previously owned homes. the report is expected to show november saw the biggest percentage gain since 1983. still the foreclosure crisis is far from over. by the end of the last quarter, more than 3.5% of prime borrowers were at least two months behind on payments. that's more than double the rates a year ago. also today, opec ministers meet to discuss production targets p the oil market expects the cartel to keep output at current prices. gas prices have leveled off. it's down about a penny in the past week and with b. a dime from october. ford motor company plans to trim some fat off its budget by offering more buyouts this, one to awful its 41,000 u.s. hourly workers. ford is the only of the big three u.s. automakers that didn't take government bailout money. with just three days floeft christmas shop, retailers are
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extending weekend hours and sales all the way to the eve of christmas eve. 12 macy's stores in the east and midwest will stay open continuously until thursday neat. one tracking firm estimates the weekend firm on the east coast cost traditional retailers about $2 billion in sale, money they likely won't be able to recover. >> emily smith in new york. thanks. just ahead on on the "morning news," a falling crime rate despite the economy. plus, left to die. why a pregnant woman's death is being blamed on ents who willingedly refused to help. indicate tir cure ris that a preview 67 tonight's "cbs evening news." >> he lost his job, but thanks to a movie and his song writing ability, he's no longer fnslily up in the air. we'll have that story and more tonight only on the "cbs evening news." but i didn't know why. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia. and then he recommended lyrica... fibromyalgia is thought to be the result
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holiday cheer to a boys and girls club in washington, d.c. yesterday. he handed out those yummy cookies and read from the book the polar express. the president also posed for pictures with the children before returning to the white house. when the economy is in trouble, there's usually an increase in crime. that's been the case over the last 50 years. but this recession is different. the fbi reports that crime nationwide is way down. in the first half of this year, violent crime fell nearly 4.5% overall. murders were down 10%. and motor vehicle thefts fell nearly 19%. a public hearing today will give the people of sterling, illinois a chance to sound off on the government's plan to send guantanamo bay terror suspects to their town. the plan calls for the sale of the thomson correctional center to the government, a staegs commission could vote to approoft sale as early as this evening. american soldiers in northern iraq who get pregnant now face court marshall and
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possible jail time. a new policy ordered by jp anthony cucolo position applies to those who impregnate a service men even if they're married to each other and civilians working there could also face criminal prosecution. two new york city emergency medical technicians have been suspended without pay after the death of a pregnant woman. it's linked to an incident two weeks ago gee. the ents were on their break booifing breakfast when the cashier suddenly had a seizure. according to the family of the cashier, the ents were asked to help but refused and left the shop. she and her baby later died. mayor michael bloomberg is outraged. >> they were sitting there having coffee. how could they be burnt out? they're human beings. somebody's dying down the street and they say help them and they just sat there. >> an official of the emt's union insists that they did help by placing a 911 call.
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the man who inspired the title character in the film "rain man" has died at the age of 58. kim peek died saturday after a heart attack. he was a savant who had a photographic memory. he was the model for the character played by dustin hoffman in the oscar winning movie "rain man." of a territory movie's release, peek became popular public speaker who traveled the world to demonstrate his skills. straight ahead, your tuesday morning weather. and in sports, the giants keep their nfl playoff hopes alive on monday night football. if you've taken your sleep aid
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discover a restful lunesta night. here's a look at some cities around the you country. new york, partly cloddy and windy at 38, chicago scattered flurry, 28. denver 44, ladies and gentlemen mostly cloudy and 65. time now for a check on the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows that skies are cloudy from the rockies to the pacific. a new storm is gathering strength over the region. skies are also gray from the northern plains to the hoer midwest. later today, the northeast will continue to feel those cold gusty winds. it will remain gray and quite cool across florida. light snow will had dust parts of the midwest. a new storm is forming over the west. it will dump heavy snow over most western mountain ranges today and it will have a huge impact on the plains and midwest on christmas eve. in sports, the giants seemed
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to return to their imposing early season form by crushing the redskins on monday night football. new york quarterback eli manning threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns. the giants' 45-12 win over washington puts them one game behind dallas and green bay in the battle for wild card playoff spots. in the nba, sacramento made the beggest comeback in 13 years.kings rookie tie reek evans led the way as sacramento rallied from 35 points down in the second half against chicago. evans finished with 23 points in the 102-98 victory over the bulls. in phoenix, lebron james and the cavaliers handed the subs their first loss at home this this season. james had 29 points in the 109-91 cleveland win. and in orlando, j.j. reddick had 20 points for the magic against utah. orlando won for the fourth time in five games with a surge in
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. some light snow will dust parts of the midwest. heavy know will fall over most western mountain ranges. the northeast remains windy and florida stays cool. airlines will have to send planes full of passengers back to their gates after three hours on the tarmac. under new government rules starting in april. if they don't, the airlines face heavy fines. and new insurance industry safety tests on booster car seats give high marks to nine out of 60 models.
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11 others were rated not recommended. an autopsy has been con dugtsed on the body of actress brittany muir if i. it's expected to take up to six weeks to determine an exact cause of death, but officials say it appears the 32-year-old died of natural causes. there were no signs of trauma and foul play is not suspected. though there is speculation that prescription drugs or an eat disorder may have played a role. family members say she had complained of flu-like symptoms in the week before her death. as we told you earlier, the senate votes again this morning on health care reform with a 60 vote majority needed to keep the bill moving. as wyatt andrews report, democratic leaders needed to make a lot of promises to get those 60 votes and those promises will cost a lot of money. >> reporter: for senate democrats, the health care bill is all about the nation's well. >> it's the right thing to do for america. >> reporter: and all about writing righting a national wrong.
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>> we are called upon for right a great injustice. >> reporter: but behind this claim, they're doing this for the good of america, at least seven senators demanded deals worth tens or hundreds of millions of dollars to mostly benefit their home states. starting with mary landrieu. when reports surfaced she had been swayed with a $100 million medicaid deal just for la that, she bragged it was actually $300 million. the deal was so notorious republicans gave it a name. >> we've got new words in our lex city con now. the louisiana purchase. >> reporter: but senator ben nelson of nebraska got the most unusual medicaid deal. in exchange for his vote, federal taxpayerses will now pay for most medicaid expansion just in nebraska and forever. mccain named this one, too. >> the corn husker kick back. >> reporter: and while democrats have claimed their bill saves big money, cutting the extra benefits from medicare advantage, the fact is that won't happen in florida where
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senator bill nelson got his 800,000 seniors an exemption. >> that's what this legislation is all about, it's the art of compromise. >> reporter: republicans called it the art of corruption. >> and it's a shame that that that eat only way we can come to a consensus this n. this country is to buy votes. >> reporter: but republicans may forget that when they were in charge and pushing the medicare drug benefit, their majority leader, tom delay, was formally admonished for trying to buy a last minute vote with favors. and delay's defense was highway can't know trading favors was against the rules. wyatt andrews, cbs news, washington. and just days before christmas an amazing discovery. archeologists in israeli say that for the first time, they have uncovered the remains of a home in nazareth believed to date back to the time of jesus christ 2000 years ago. among the findings, the remains of a wall, a hideout, and a cistern for collecting rainwater. a spokesman says it's likely that jesus and his childhood friends knew the home.
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today is a special day. today, we gather as a nation and as an international community to recognize the selfless decision of one of the most influential women of our time. she's been recognized by religious figures, and politicians around the world. to us, she's just rachael, but to the rest of the world she's the woman who, after having one too many drinks, chose not to drive home buzzed. here today to honor rachael is the family whose lives she spared.
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g. >> we will have head lines in a moment. first warning doppler, we have another clear scan in another easy day. temperatures like yesterday, upper 30s, clear, a little breeze, great drying conditions. a helpful hand burns through sexual assault, a teen is arrested after he shoveled a woman's snow and then allegedly cut her r throat. >> a big run, more news and
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first warning weather right after this.
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. >> good morning maryland, now don scott, your first warning weather and wjz traffic control with sharon gibala. it is wjz maryland's news station. good morning everyone. i'm jessica in for don scott. still a mess out there. we will send it over to marty. >> welcome back. let's go ahead again and look at first warning doppler. it is we just had a conversation. it doesn't feel as cold as yesterday morning


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